Art Project #84: Drawing En Plein Air

I had no plans for art this week but was struck by how beautiful our weather has been lately.  I asked the boys if they'd like to try bringing our art supplies outside and just painting/ drawing whatever we saw that interested us.... just like the great artists Monet and Renoir.

They agreed and so we armed ourselves with paper, colored pencils, drawing pencils, watercolors, a cup of water, brushes, and some clipboards.

It was the perfect way to carry our 100 days of Art Challenge into spring!

The boys soon settled themselves down and got to work.

Alec chose to draw and paint our shed and part of the garden.

I chose to focus on our large rock and the blooming forsythia.

Evan built a simple sandcastle and drew what he had made.

We eventually headed inside as the wind picked up but Alec would keep going over to window and looking at his scene.

Both boys used a bit of artistic licence and edited out objects from their pictures that they didn't like or didn't want.  I assured them, that as artists they are allowed to do that.  Art is never wrong; it's personal.

Besides, they just loved their final pictures and were so proud of how hard they had worked.

Our other art projects:

Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 


  1. So much fun! I absolutely love the spontaneity that unschooled allows parents and kids. I think we might need to try this since we live in the woods...lots of inspiration lol.

    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun and I just could not stand to be inside for one more minute with all that sunshine around.

  2. Oh what memories you're making! Enjoy it all.


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